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Just announced: LTJ Bukem & MC Fox, 28th August.

LTJ Bukem & MC Fox

28 August / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Ground-breaking DJ and inspirational producer, LTJ Bukem heads back to Band on the Wall!

LTJ Bukem gained fame as an auteur in all fields of the drum’n’bass movement: as a top-flight breakbeat DJ,label boss and, of course, for his recordings — inspired by the lush strings and natural ambience of ‘70s jazz fusion masters like Lonnie Liston Smith and Chick Corea as well as elegiac Chicago house and moody Detroit techno. Allied with the early-'90s rave and hardcore scene, Bukem began working on production near the end of the 1980s; though his light, airy sound made little sense to his contemporaries, Bukem's style was emulated much more as the jungle scene gained momentum during the mid-'90s. While such producers as Roni Size and Goldie gained the limelight for their solo work, Bukem purposely downplayed his own artistic career in favour of mix albums and label-spanning retrospectives that highlighted dozens of artists from his labels.

From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny Williamson lit the way.

Just announced: Oh Bacchanal! Summer Special, 11th June.

Oh Bacchanal! Summer Special

11 June / 23:00:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Oh Bacchanal! residents and special guests will be turning up the heat with scorching bashment, soca and afropop summer selections!

Spanning the full soca spectrum from the newest Trini anthems from Bunji Garlin & Destra, Cropover hits from Alison Hinds and King Bubba FM, jab jab mayhem from Tall Pree and Skinny Fabulous and throwback classics from Krosfyah and Square One.

The freshest Afropop from Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade & Wizkid and Afro dancehall from Shatta Wale, Patoranking & Stonebwoy.

Bashment in full effect as always with tunes from Spice, Popcaan, Alkaline, Vershon, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and loads more....

Just announced: Lovers Rock Monologues, 30th October.

Lovers Rock Monologues

30 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Celebrating Black History Month 2016 Punch Records present three living legends who transformed the sound of UK Reggae. The Lovers Rock Monlogues brings the sound of timeless music from the 80’s into the Band on the Wall for one night only.

Lovers Rock icons Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans come together to celebrate its golden years. The Lovers Rock Monologue fuses timeless music and theatrical storytelling, giving the audience a humorous and realistic account of the Lover’s Rock lifestyle.

Born in London, Lovers Rock defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s and is a huge influential sub-genre of reggae. It gave women a voice in the traditionally male-dominated realm of Reggae. Lovers Rock was also an integral part of Black British identity during a politically and socially unstable time.

Just announced: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, 13th & 18th November.

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

13 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
18 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester

In March 2016, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On the Shine A Light tour, they’ll be playing songs from the journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues.

Just announced: They Will Have To Kill Us First, 14th July.

They Will Have To Kill Us First

14 July / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history: they banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s revered musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, they were forced into hiding or exile where most remain, even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Throughout their struggle, they have used music as their weapon against ongoing violence that has left Mali ravaged.

They Will Have To Kill Us First begins with musicians on the run, reveals rare footage of the jihadists, captures life at refugee camps, follows perilous journeys home to battle scarred cities, and witnesses our two female characters perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban. The stories of these artists are told without gloss – they are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes inspirational, and sometimes incredibly frustrating as we watch musicians make tough choices about their futures.

With a specially commissioned score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s) and a soundtrack from some of Mali’s most exciting artists including Khaira ArbyFadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar, Malian superstar Amkoullel, Moussa Sidi and Songhoy BluesThey Will Have To Kill Us First leaps headfirst into a tale of courage in the face of conflict.

Essential viewing” (Dazed & Confused)

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